March Newsletter
Help DSAG celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with our annual Race 3.21!

The race is set for Sunday, March 10, 2019 at West High School. Click the button for more information and how to register.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Register by March 15
DSAG Dollywod Day will be Sunday, March 31, 2019! Lunch will be from 1pm-3pm. Click the button below for more information and to register.
Please register by March 15.
Celebrate 3.21 at your local McAlister's Deli

You can celebrate by:
-Dining at all Knoxville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge McAlister’s Deli locations. Please remember to mention DSAG when ordering.
-Wearing crazy socks

McAlister’s Deli will donate 10% of sales to DSAG on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5-10 pm.
Check out this awesome DSAG T-shirt fundraiser for World Down syndrome Day by  A Lil Something Extra ! Lots of options and styles available! Click here for more details.
Neighborhood Barre class this Friday, March 8th at Brickey- McCloud Elementary School to honor World Down syndrome Day.
Kicks for Kids
with Lady Vols Soccer team
Lady Vols Soccer Team will host our friends with Ds, on Sunday, April 14, at Regal Soccer Stadium on the University of Tennessee Campus for a Soccer Skills Mini-Camp.

Look for registration and more details soon.
Educator of the month-
Thank you Mrs. Reed for making a difference as an educator!

The DSAG Educator of the month for March is Romy Reed who teaches at Halls High School in Knox County, below is the quote submitted for Romy's nomination-

"Romy is so good with the kids. You can tell she genuinely loves them and wants them to have an amazing high school experience while getting them ready for their next steps in the world...Her enthusiasm is contagious and the energy in her room is always positive and upbeat...We love her. She is constantly looking for ways to extend her kids reach into the school and the schools involvement with her class. She has more kids wanting to be peer tutors than the room can actually hold, which says volumes to how she has incorporated her kids into the school community. They are also constantly out and about in the community around the school and you can tell that everyone involved is having a blast."

DSAG is excited to recognize outstanding educators in our area who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, dedication to all students, and involvement in the community. Each month an educator will be selected and recognized in the following month's DSAG newsletter and Facebook page. Each month's winner will be entered in a contest for a prize in December 2019.

Please make your nominations by March 25, 2019 for April selection.
D.A.D.S. will meet tonight
March 4, 2019
DADS will meet at-
McAlister's Ftn City
2885 Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN 37918
6-7:30 pm

Dads, grandads, or anyone who is a father figure in the life of an individual with Ds are invited to be part of the group. 
Littles and Lattes
Wednesday, March 13
10-11:30 am
DSAG is excited to offer a program for our preschool age group. Littles and Lattes is designed to be a playgroup type setting for children with Ds (ages birth to 6 years) and their parents. Feel free to bring your own latte or enjoy the provided coffee. No RSVP is necessary. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom’s Night Out
Monday, March 11, 2019 7PM at
Calhoun's- Pellissippi Parkway
10020 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Maryville Mom's Night Out
Friday, March 29 at 6:30 PM
909 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37801

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for Knoxville area moms of individuals with Ds to share information and social events. If you would like more information, look for them on Facebook.
The page is not managed by DSAG.
Get Your Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate!

DSAMT has to pre-sell 1,000 and they are very, very close! So close, in fact, that that they are certain they'll meet the goal by the end of March, so the plates will go into production!!! Once in production, they'll be available at all DMVs across the Tennessee, spreading awareness. Half the sale of each of these plates actually will be used for STATE-WIDE advocacy  DSAMT is offering BUY ONE GET ONE!  

Click here for more information
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
Tentative Event Dates for 2019:

March 4- DADS meeting
March 8-Neighborhood Barre class
March 13- Littles and Lattes
March 10- 3.21 Race
March 11- KECM Night Out
March 15- Dollywood registration closes
March 21- World Down Syndrome Day-celebrate at local McAlister's Deli locations
March 25- Educator of the month deadline
March 29- Maryville Mom's Night Out
March 31- DSAG Dollywood Day
March 31- order your Ds Awareness plate
April 13- UT Softball game
April 14- Kicks for Kids soccer event
November 3- Buddy Walk 2019
JOY! Conference
March 29 and 30, 2019

Joni and Friends Tennessee, partnered with First Baptist Concord, is excited to announce our second annual JOY A Disability Conference. This is a two-day conference for church leaders, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning how to provide ministry to people affected by disabilities. Please join us as together we grow in accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community.

Click here for more information
Forever His Day Camp
April 6, 2019
Forever His is a ministry at Karns Church of Christ specifically designed to teach God’s Word to children with special needs.
This day camp is for Pre-School through High School aged children with moderate to severe special needs. There will be fun activities like son gs, crafts, games, scavenger hunt, story time, karaoke, black light room, & food.

Click here to learn more
Family Support Program

The program is funded by state dollars and designed to assist individuals with disabilities and their families with services. These services can include but are not limited to: Respite care, day care services, home modifications, equipment, supplies, personal assistance, transportation, homemaker services, housing costs, health-related needs, nursing and counseling.

Click here for more information
Parent Survey

"Libby Kumin and Lisa Schoenbrodt want to learn more about what information families of children with Down syndrome want regarding speech and language, and how they prefer to get that information. There are an increasing number of ways in which people learn, including books, live in-person presentations, and online resources. We want to know more about how we can best meet your needs, so we are doing research to find out. We have posted an online survey on Qualtrics here .
Participation is voluntary and it will take under 15 minutes to complete and send the survey
back to us."

Please complete by April 10.